Elisa Aaltola
Aaltola in 2015
Born (1976-03-06) 6 March 1976 (age 48)
Petäjävesi, Finland

Elisa Aaltola (born 6 March 1976)[1] is a Finnish philosopher, specialised in animal philosophy, moral psychology and environmental philosophy.[2]


She was a visiting PhD student at the Institute for Ethics, Environment, and Public Policy at Lancaster University and submitted her doctoral thesis to the University of Turku on Animal Individuality: Moral and Cultural Categorisations.

Her book Eläinten moraalinen arvo (Vastapaino 2004) is considered the first commercially published Finnish monograph dedicated solely to animal ethics.[3] She has published 12 books [4] and around 50 peer-reviewed papers on animal philosophy.[5]

Aaltola is a frequent media commentator on animal issues.[6] She is also active on social media. Her accounts, which focus on animal ethics, have around 45 000 followers combined.

Aaltola is an adjunct professor at the University of Turku and a research fellow at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (University of Turku).[7]

Aaltola is a vegan.[8] Her brother is Mika Aaltola, the director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.[9]


See also


  1. ^ "Järjen ja tunteen vuoropuhelua". 17 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Elisa Aaltola". www.utu.fi. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  3. ^ "Elisa Aaltola". Oxford Animal Ethics. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Kirjani". elisaaaltola.fi. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  5. ^ "Peer-reviewed Scientific Articles". elisaaaltola.fi. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  6. ^ ""Lihaparadoksi" repii meitä, ja siksi eläimiä syödessä sammutamme empatian, sanoo filosofi Elisa Aaltola". hs.fi. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Tutkijat". University of Eastern Finland. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  8. ^ Cronin, Keri; McArthur, Jo-Anne (December 2015). "Philosophy, Activism, and an 'Attentive Willingness to Reconsider One's Duty Toward Others': Elisa Aaltola's Contributions to Animal Advocacy". Unbound Project. Archived from the original on 7 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Sinikka Aaltola: "Jonkun elämä voi mennä niin, ettei siinä ole yhtään valoa"". Petäjävesi (in Finnish). 18 May 2021. Retrieved 30 October 2022.